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    Late goal lifts Independence to win over Andrews

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    Khalil McDonald’s goal with just over a minute left proved to be the game-winner in Independence’s 2-1 non-conference win at Andrews-Osborne Academy on Thursday.

    The Blue Devils led 1-0 before Andrews tied the game off of a corner kick. McDonald scored off of a Casey McGhee corner kick with 1:20 left to play.

    “They were very good,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild of Andrews. “They played a different style than we were used to seeing and they played in a different formation. They gave us a lot of different looks that we had to deal with, which is going to help us.”

    Aidan Coljohn gave the Blue Devils their first advantage early in the first half when he and Emmett Stralka found a seam in the defense.

    “Emmett had a nice push and it kind of snuck through,” MacRaild said. “Coljohn hit it in.”

    Andrews responded five minutes later and the game remained that way until McGhee served up a corner kick and McDonald put the finishing touch on it.

    “Casey hit it near post and it kind of squibbed out to the top of the box at an angle,” MacRaild said. “Khalil got there and hit it inside the far post. That was huge. After that, we just scrambled to keep the ball out of the net.”

    With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 6-1 on the year.

    “Our defense was a little shaky,” MacRaild said. “They had a lot of chances on goal but luckily couldn’t find the back of the net too often and we made the most of our chances. We didn’t have a ton but we got our two and that’s all we needed.”

    The Blue Devils host Holy Name on Saturday.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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